MCMI Report: Phantasm (of Cella Dwellas) Is “Louder Than Ever” [Video]
Phantasm of the legendary Cella Dwellas is back with a banger, “Louder Than Ever” produced by German producers, Soulbrotha (B-Base and 12 Finger Dan). 12 Finger Dan also does the scratches on the chorus. Directed and edited by Jimmy Giambrone, the video takes us on a journey through Brooklyn blocks, with your lyrically sharp tour guide, Phantasm. Check out the tribute to the late great Sean Price (R.I.P!).
The single dropped in mid August on Ill Adrenaline Records. The video takes you. Released on 7-inch vinyl with the Brooklyn Remix on the B-Side, you can cop from Fat Beats. You can stream or purchase both versions through iTunes and all major digital retailers and streaming platforms, just be sure to bump it louder than ever!
Since the days of the Lyricist Lounge, when the Cella Dwellas were the hot up and coming group that we loved to hear freestyle on the radio, perform onstage and spit in the cyphers, I have admired the originality of these brothers U.G. and Phantasm (pka The Tallman). Their style was something new brought to the game and while there were some imitators, no one was ever able to duplicate their mixture of Realms & Reality (the name of their 1996 Debut album on LOUD Records). Since then, they have changed the group name to The Dwellas and also have put out solo work.
This time up to bat is Phantasm, taking on a subject that touches dear to my heart, the reality that all men must die and asking his friends and family to Shed No Tears when it is his time to go.
After the deaths of two comrades in the music industry, Pumpkinhead & Sean Price, the lyrical vet was inspired to write on this topic, thinking about his own mortality. Directed by Olise Forel for Moving Silence, the visuals are moving and as a friend of both PH and Sean Price (who the video is dedicated to), I was moved to tears, despite the title.
Glad to see this veteran spitter putting in work, telling the true stories that need to be told. This is real Hip Hop at its finest.
I first heard Cella Dwella‘s “Be True” on Bodega Cold Cutz Radio so I went digging online for it (shouts to Joe Bodega). UG and The Tallman kill this beat it’s the same energy as past classic Cella Dwella songs just a bit more fit for the times. I hope they come with more heat like this followed by an album.